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How To Set Up A DIY Wedding Photo Booth Quick and Easy

10.23.16
The ultimate easy DIY photo booth for your wedding, bridal shower, birthday party that is super easy to set up and very affordable and fun!
The ultimate easy DIY photo booth for your wedding, bridal shower, birthday party that is super easy to set up and very affordable and fun!

One of the DIY projects that I did for my wedding that worked really well and saved a lot of money was a DIY Wedding Photo booth! Photo booths are quite popular and fun at weddings but they can be quite expensive. There are companies that you can hire to set up a photo booth, but the pricing for a couple of hours can be over $400, not including printed pictures. So, this DIY wedding photo booth is perfect for those that want to save some money for their upcoming wedding or event.

I did a lot of research when planning this DIY project, but to be honest, I was actually quite unsure that it would work so well. But it worked amazingly!!! And it was a lot of fun for the guests!

There isn’t much out there on Pinterest and blogs about how to do your own DIY photo booth so I hope this is helpful to anyone looking for ideas on how to save and make your own photo booth along with printing photo booth pictures. And this entire project cost me less than $200, and I get to keep the printer and supplies. Which is a win win!

First of all, you will need a backdrop for your photo booth. I can do another blog post on how we did the floral backdrop which was another easy, inexpensive, and fun DIY project that looked amazing! We chose to do a floral backdrop because it went with our wedding lunch reception theme, however, there are many other backdrops out there that you can choose to do.

Next, you will need a printer, and a wireless printer is perfect for a photo booth. I bought the Canon SELPHY CP910, but there are other wireless printers available out there as well. I bought mine on Craigslist for $90 so I could save some more money, so try looking on Kijiji or Craiglist in your city first before purchasing online or in stores. This printer is also very easy to set up, just follow the instructions provided with the printer and once you have the printer connected to your WiFi network you are all set for the next step. My printer came with an ink cartridge as well as some printing paper, however, you can purchase them separately as well. See the links for where to purchase the printer, ink and paper on Amazon!

Okay, so now you will need something to take pictures with. I chose to use my iPad2 because it was easy to set up and had the perfect app to take pictures and send them directly to the wireless printer to print. I bought an iPad to tripod mount to have a perfect setup for taking the photobooth pictures. We already had a tripod, so didn’t need to worry about that.

One last thing you need to get before you are all set is an app that will take photo booth style pictures and send them directly to print on your wireless printer. Again, I did a TON on research on this. There are so many options available, some that are in the 100’s of dollars, and others that don’t send the pictures to print. But, I finally found the perfect one. It is called My Photobooth and cost me $13.99 and was well worth it. You can choose from one of the templates available on the app, or create your own and upload it into the app. We chose a default wedding template. You just click start and the app will take 4 pictures, so your guests can strike a pose for the camera.

Once it has taken the pictures, just click finish and save photos. This will save the pictures on your iPad as well as give you the option to Print a copy. If you click on Print a copy, your printer should be connected and all set to print!

The ultimate easy DIY photo booth for your wedding, bridal shower, birthday party that is super easy to set up and very affordable and fun!
The ultimate easy DIY photo booth for your wedding, bridal shower, birthday party that is super easy to set up and very affordable and fun!
The ultimate easy DIY photo booth for your wedding, bridal shower, birthday party that is super easy to set up and very affordable and fun!
The ultimate easy DIY photo booth for your wedding, bridal shower, birthday party that is super easy to set up and very affordable and fun!

SUPPLIES

Canon SELPHY CP910

iPad

iPad to tripod mount

Backdrop of choice

Printer paper and ink (if not included with printer)

My Photobooth iPad app

DIRECTIONS

Set up your Canon Selphy CP910 printer and connect it to your WiFi network and place it in a secure location. Have someone at hand that can help guests if need be.

Install the My Photobooth app on your iPad and mount the iPad to your tripod so that it is facing your photobooth backdrop.

When taking pictures in photobooth, click start on app and strike a pose. Then click Print a Copy and wait for the printer to print you your very own photobooth picture.

If you’re looking for ideas on how to make your own backdrop, check out this post on how we DIY’d a Sprinkle backdrop.

Kamfort Food

Vegan Apple Pie

10.16.16

So, it’s apple season and last week we went apple picking in Caledon and found some Granny Smith apples to make some vegan apple pie! This was my second time making apple pie from scratch and I definitely thought it tasted delicious and learned quite a bit which I will be sharing today.

vegan vegetarian eggless apple pie recipe from scratch using granny smith apples from the farm

Generally people think that Granny Smith apples are perfect for apple pies, however, I thought they were a bit sour and would recommend a sweeter apple like Jonagold or Honeycrisp. We were going to get these, however, these apples at the farm were quite sour. Regardless, Granny Smith apples also taste great if you season them well with sugar and cinnamon.

Okay, so let’s get started. The first thing that needs to be done is making the pie dough, which also happens to be the hardest part about making apple pie, or so I’m told. In this post, I will focus on the actual apple pie. The recipe on how to make a vegan apple pie crust will come shortly. So look out for that.

To make the filling for your vegan apple pie, you will need to peel and slice 8 cups worth of apples, which was around 6 medium sized apples for me. Then you will mix in some fresh lemon juice which will prevent the apples from browning too much. Next, you will toss in your sugars, cinnamon and other spices (if preferred) and salt.

Normally this is the filling that is used for apple pies, however, I have read that this can cause the apple pie to get soggy because the apples have their own juice which gets released as they bake. So, what you will do instead, is let the apples sit at room temperature for a half hour or so until they release their juices BEFORE baking, and use this juice to make a caramel apple sauce for your pie instead, which will also add an additional flavor to your pie.

What you do is drain the juice from the apples and add some vegan butter (or regular butter which also works perfectly) and microwave it for a few minutes until a thick caramel like sauce is made. Then mix this into  your apple pie filling along with some cornstarch and fill your apple pie crust.

Now take out your pre-chilled top pie dough (blog post to follow soon) and place it on top of the pie pan that contains your apple pie filling. This top crust should be an inch wider than your pie pan. So, when you place it on top of the pie filling, you should have some dough to tuck under the bottom crust. Do this for the entire diameter of the pie to seal the edges. This also causes you to have a thick pie crust, which I personally love. I used a technique called fluting to seal the outside edge. Then take a sharp knife to make some slits into your pie crust. This allows the steam to escape as the apples bake. Bake your pie and it will be ready to serve, along with some ice cream of course.

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INGREDIENTS

8 cups sliced apples (1/2 cm slices)

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup white sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp lemon juice

1/4 tsp salt

2 tbsp vegan butter

1 tbsp corn starch

DIRECTIONS

Mix together sliced apples along with the sugars, lemon juice, cinnamon and salt and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes until the juices from the apples have collected.

Place a strainer on top of another bowl and let the apple juices drain into the bowl for 10 minutes.

Add the butter to the juice and microwave for 5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.

Add this sauce back into the apple mixture along with the cornstarch and mix well.

Place the mixture into your pie crust and put the top crust on as well. Bake at 425’F for 45-50 min or until golden brown at the top.

Enjoy!

Kam You Build It

DIY Bedside Table Makover – Distressed Side Table

10.10.16

One of the first projects we did in our room was a DIY bedside table makeover of my husband’s previous bedside tables. They were this deep red wood color and matched his old bed. I didn’t want to purchase new side tables that would match our new bed because side tables can be expensive! These tables were good quality and just needed a makeover and I was ready for my first DIY bedside table project. I was originally thinking to do the ever so popular Pinterest IKEA hack of the RAST dresser which costs $50 Cdn each, but these side tables were just as good and I would save the $100 to buy new tables for the project.

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To remove the old paint and glaze from the side table, I read several articles on the best way to do it. Some suggested using stain removers to take off the top coat and glaze, however, we decided to go with the sanding method, which worked very well for us.

We used the same primer and paint that we bought for painting our room because I wanted the side tables to be an off white colour so they would match our room and the dresser we bought. So, all we needed to purchase was a sander, hardware, and the top coat. I had a hard time finding brass or gold colored hardware, so we bought some spray paint and some silver hardware in the style I liked and it gave the same look as gold/brass hardware.

We had three options for the sander: 1. We could rent it from Home Depot,  2. we could buy a brand new sander from Home Depot, 3. or we could search on Kijiji or Craigslist for a sander. Even though we wanted to save some money, we decided to spend the money and get a brand new sander from Home Depot. We got the Milwaukee orbit sander and it is perfect! An investment into our future projects as well!!

I did some research for top coats for DIY bedside tables because I always find that when I go to Home Depot, no one is available to help or no one knows enough to be of help. So I just did some research online and decided to use Varathane Clear Finish as the top coat mostly because it is water based, safe to use and premium quality so we hope the side tables last a long time!

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SUPPLIES

Sander

Primer

Paint of choice

Hardware – I got mine from Home Depot

Spray paint – if you want to change colour of hardware

Top coat

DIRECTIONS – DIY bedside table

Remove all hardware from old side table and remove the drawers as well. Place the side table onto a good working surface. Sand down the table using an orbit sander until you get down to the wood layer. Wipe down the table with an old cloth before painting.

First, do a primer coat, and then paint one or two layers of your paint of choice once the primer has dried.

Once the paint has dried, use sandpaper to give the furniture a distressed look. We sandpapered until we could see some of the wood and we loved this look. But it is your call to make as to how much you want to distress. Now apply your top coat and let it dry.

Spray paint your hardware if necessary and put together the drawers and hardware.

Your new DIY bedside table is ready!! If you want to see how we styled it in our bedroom, check out our bedroom reveal 🙂